What Do You Enjoy About Aging? What if it’s Active Aging?
Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA
Active Aging, Aging Gracefully, Anti-Aging – Which Terms Do You Use?
Do you like the phrase “Aging Gracefully?” Personally, I am over it. While 19 years of dance lessons gave me some gracefulness, I am more the sporty sort anyway. Whichever phrase you use relative to aging on your own terms, before folding (sob sob) More Magazine took a poll of its readers – women ages 35-70ish – asking what we know about aging gracefully. As you know, my sister and I prefer to advocate for Active Aging. And we definitely shy away from the term “anti-aging” as the alternative is ….? Not aging = pretty much keeling over. More to the point …
Are you an Active Aging Superstar?
Do you have suggestions or success stories for making the most of your second half of life? Do you agree with the list below of the –
Top Three Things midlife women love about being “older?”
The one that most reflects me is #2: having greater confidence. Yup. As Julie Andrews sings as Maria in the Sound of Music, “I Have Confidence in Sunshine; I Have Confidence in Rain; …. Besides Which You See, I Have Confidence in Meeeeeeeee.”
Women shared other positive interesting tidbits in the More Magazine survey. How do you answer?
Do you look younger than other women your age?
Apparently 86% of women over 50 believe they appear younger than their years. Gotta love that confidence (back to #2 above).
Have you ever lied about your age?
A resounding 83% of respondents said “no.” But how do we know they are telling the truth? Aha haha Cracking myself up here.
What have you done in the past 10 years to look or feel younger or to minimize aging effects? Do these Top 4 reasons, in reverse order, reflect or surprise you?
4. Did you increase your workouts like 64% of More readers? As a fitness professional, I was happy to see so many midlife women turning to exercise as the ultimate youthenizer.
3. Perhaps you wore sunscreen more often, in common with another 64%.
2. Moving up the scale of actions women over 50 took in the past decade, we come to 70% coloring their hair (I call it “returning to my roots.” If I colored my hair, I mean…….)
1. In the top spot, 74% of women shifted to a healthier diet. You too?
Take a look at “Why It’s Great to Be a Boomer” to see whether your reasons are on that list. Also, if you agreed above that you look younger than your years, do you have more energy than 20 or 30 year olds? Can you get to that energy level? Click on our post, “Can a 55 Year Old Have More Energy than a 20 Year Old?” to take a look.
Readers: What song reflects your state of mind or personality?
What makes you an Active Aging Superstar?
Photo Credits: The tree and Buddha photos were taken by our friends from Hamburg, Andy and George. All others are mine.